School Dismissal Updates
March 30, 2020
Olympus Jr. High will still be providing lunch during the school dismissal. Grab and Go lunches will be available at the school from 11:30am-1:00pm. Grab and Go lunches will be provided via curb-side pick-up. We will be serving on the east side of the school; just pull up to the stop sign and one of the lunch ladies will help you from there.
We have received some questions about how to use Canvas. Ms. Moody would like everyone to use the Canvas tutorial that is available on the school’s website. If you go to https://schools.graniteschools.org/olympusjr/, hover over the “Student Tools” tab and then hover over the “Canvas” tab, you will see a tab that says “Canvas Orientation”. If you click this tab, it will take you to a link that will provide information for how to use Canvas. We know this is new for many of you, but please stick with it!
The district has provided some guidance to help teachers plan their on-line learning now that we know we will be using this format for at least the next month. Teachers will be checking their emails at least twice daily, so if you or your student needs help, please email the teacher. Teachers have been asked to be available from 9-11:30am and 12:30-3:00pm to answer emails and questions they receive in Canvas. Class work should be limited to 90 minutes per week, per class. Teachers should be communicating at least once a week with all their students. Many teachers will do this via emails they can send to all their students at once. I have also asked the teachers to think of ways to get students involved in the on-line learning in ways that will allow them to hear from and connect with their classmates in some way. We had a virtual faculty meeting this afternoon and covered these new updates with all the teachers, so you should begin to see them implemented as soon as tomorrow.
In addition to the work teachers will be posting on-line, we strongly encourage all students to read for 30 minutes a day and to be active for 60 minutes a day.
The teachers have discussed that they are seeing many students not doing any work in Canvas. I have encouraged them to begin posting grades in Gradebook so students and parents can see the zero grades populating. Please check Gradebook to make sure your student is staying on top of their work.
Additionally, I have asked teachers to begin emailing parents of students who they are not seeing work from. The counselors will also be reaching out to parents of students who are not logging into Canvas and working. It is important for everyone to know that we are still in school and work is expected to be completed. We will be generating PBL scores and grades for fourth quarter. We don’t want these unusual circumstances to create a credit deficit for our 9th graders or a knowledge deficit for any of our students.
If your student needs an electronic device so they can access the on-line learning, they can come to the school and check-out a Chromebook. When you get to the school you can call the office and Ms. Bearss will get your information and bring a book out to you. To save time waiting in your car, you can call ahead and have a Chromebook ready for you when you get to the school.
Please follow the following link from our counselors: https://forms.gle/FPssbRCsTE8t99uf9. The link will take your student to a survey that will allow them to do a check-in on how they are doing during the school dismissal. Even though we aren’t seeing your kids every day, we are concerned about their well-being and how they are adjusting to our current circumstances.